Darke County has largest of Upper Miami Valley Science Fairs


By Linda Moody - [email protected]



Anson Phillips, left, and James Normile, eighth-graders at Greenville Junior High, won the top award in engineering. They were presented $100 from the Greenville Masonic Lodge. Their project showed how magnets can be used to earthquake-proof abnormal or irregular sized and shaped buildings.


GREENVILLE — Records were set at this year’s Upper Miami Valley Science Day in Darke County held Thursday night at Greenville High School.

Angela McMurry, K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist, SECO president. JAC District 1/UMVSD co-director, ODE Science NRL and Darke County Educational Service Center, said 146 students presented 104 projects to the 57 judges.

“This is our fourth year and we grew from 30 to 104,” McMurry said. “And, this is the largest one for the Upper Miami Valley this year, bigger than the turnouts at Miami, Shelby and Champaign County.”

According to her, eight schools participated; seven of the eight Darke County schools, with Mississinawa Valley excluded, as well as the local DeColores Montessori School.

Several speakers addressed the audience before the presentation of awards.

Judging was done in two main areas, superior awards and monetary awards.

Recipients of the project topic category awards and special awards were, as follows:

• Jordan Dill, Greenville, $100 winner of the McMurry Award in Behavioral and Social Science.

• Gavin Lochard of Tri-Village, $50, with the Greenville Masonic Lodge Award in Behavioral and Social Sciences.

• Paige Kreusch and Kayla Riegle, both of Arcanum, $25, with the Wayne HealthCare Award in Behavioral and Social Sciences.

• Katie Bruns, of DeColores, $100, Cargill Award in Botany.

• Dalton Swank, Greenville, $50, Cargill Award in Botany.

• Marissa Shook, Ansonia, Cargill Award in Botany.

• Kale Conway of DeColores, $100 top award in Chemistry/Biochemistry.

• Alexis Barhorst, Bradford, $75, Wayne HealthCare Award in Chemistry/Biochemistry.

• Alec Barga, Versailles, $50, Greenville Masonic Lodge Award in Chemistry/Biochemistry.

• Trevor Bailey, Arcanum, $25, Cargill Award in Chemistry.

• Karr Stump and Vance Wetzel of Arcanum, $75, Greenville Masonic Lodge Award in Computer Science.

• Molly Hunt, Greenville, $75, top award in Earth and Space Sciences.

• James Normile and Anson Phillips of Greenville, $100, Greenville Masonic Lodge Award in Engineering.

• Jackson Moore, Bradford, $50, Greenville Masonic Lodge Award in Engineering.

• Julia Herron, Greenville, $1o0, Menke Consulting Award in Environmental Sciences.

• Alexander Baumgardner and Seth Delk, Greenville, $50, Menke Consulting Award in Environmental Sciences

• Jason Byrum, Greenville, $25, Menke Consulting Award in Engineering.

• MacKenzie Baker and Kara Thompson, Greenville, $100 Drs. Hatic Award in Medicine and Health Sciences.

• Ash Williams of DeColores, $50, Drs. Hatic Award in Medicine and Health Sciences.

• Jordyn Hines, Greenville, $25, Drs. Hatic Award in Medicine and Health Sciences.

• James McClure, $75, Wayne HealthCare Award in Microbiology.

• Morgan Heitkamp, Versailles, $100, Wayne Health Care Award in Physics.

• Matthew Holzapfel, Tri-Village, $50, Greenville Masonic Lodge Award in Physics.

• Chase Osterday, Franklin Monroe, $25, Wayne HealthCare Award for Physics.

• Ryan Ballou, DeColores, $100, Greenville Masonic Lodge Award in Zoology.

• Leo Williams, DeColores, $50, Wayne HealthCare Award in Zoology.

• Natalie Milligan, Greenville, $25, Greenville Masonic Lodge Award in Zoology.

Other special awards were:

• Jenna Hughes of Greenville, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (drawing) one-year family membership, value $100.

• Karmen Knepp, Bradford, $50, Award for best presentation of data (tables and graphs), any category.

•Jackson Moore, Bradford, $50, Award for Best Abstract, any category.

• Ryan Ballou, DeColores, and James McClure, Versailles, $150, grand prize for Best Overall Project, based on 40-point scoring.

• Jordan Dill, Greenville, Kale Conway of DeColores and Leo Williams of DeColores, tied for third place prize of $50 each sponsored by Wayne HealthCare.

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Anson Phillips, left, and James Normile, eighth-graders at Greenville Junior High, won the top award in engineering. They were presented $100 from the Greenville Masonic Lodge. Their project showed how magnets can be used to earthquake-proof abnormal or irregular sized and shaped buildings.
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By Linda Moody

[email protected]

This writer may be reached at 937-569-4315. Follow her on Facebook and join the conversation and get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.

This writer may be reached at 937-569-4315. Follow her on Facebook and join the conversation and get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.

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